Big Victory for Market Match, but the Fight Isn’t Over!

Big Victory for Market Match, but the Fight Isn’t Over!
We’re excited to share some great news! Last week, advocates of the Ecology Center-led Market Match program celebrated a significant victory. After months of hard work opposing Governor Newsom’s proposed funding cuts to the program informing legislators about its benefits, the California Legislature announced a plan to protect the California Nutrition Incentive Program (CNIP) in… Read more »

An Interview with Gabriel Cortez—Ecology Center Poet-in-Resident

An Interview with Gabriel Cortez—Ecology Center Poet-in-Resident
Gabriel Cortez is a unique Bay Area transplant—raised in Maryland, Virginia, and Los Angeles and of Afro-Panamanian descent, his childhood trained him in navigating the contradictions between his Panamanian and United States cultures. But when you are young and don’t yet have the words to express the daily challenges you face, you just deal with… Read more »

Ecology Center’s food justice work in the East Bay: Launch of first grocery store location for Market Match in West Oakland

Ecology Center's food justice work in the East Bay: Launch of first grocery store location for Market Match in West Oakland
Ecology Center is proud to announce our recent partnership and the start of Market Match at our first grocery store location in 2023 – Mandela Grocery Co-op in West Oakland! This means that all CA-grown produce is 50% off for shoppers spending their CalFresh EBT benefits. Market Match is a statewide program that is funded… Read more »

Save Market Match Coalition Rallies in Sacramento

Save Market Match Coalition Rallies in Sacramento
The fight to save Market Match continues! The Ecology Center joined the Agricultural Institute of Marin, alongside other members of the 160 member Save Market Match Coalition, to organize a Lobby Day on March 20, 2024. The event drew 100 people, including elected officials, to a rally on the state capitol’s West lawn in Sacramento.… Read more »

Plastics vs. Planet: Upcoming Global Plastics Treaty Negotiations

Plastics vs. Planet: Upcoming Global Plastics Treaty Negotiations
The Ecology Center has a decades-long record of battling disposable plastic packaging. From the nation’s first styrofoam foodware ban (1988) to the  Report of the Berkeley Plastics Task Force (1996), to Berkeley’s Disposable Foodware Reduction Ordinance (2019), the Ecology Center has led the way for our community, the environment, and the nation.  We have locked… Read more »